Thursday, July 31, 2008

MS's biggest blunder, uses Linux and Apache and PHP for its infrastructure to promote Windows Vista

Hi Dear Readers,

I am back with a new blog for all of you that will bring you news and updates about everything related to Free and Open Source Software FOSS, Open Content, Open Business and anything OPEN you can think of, yeup, its my newest blog titled "The Open Manisfesto Blog!"

As a starting point, I've got an amazing story up my sleeve as a first entry. With this story I am also becomming a FOSS Detective hunting down all those proprietary software giants trying to use FOSS to promote their productives "Grrrr" but not openly accepting their support for FOSS! Well guess who made the latest blunder? None other than, your's truly, MS! Yeup, and they did it with their online marketing campaign for promoting Windows Vista titled the the "Mojave Experiment".

While surfing the Internet, I found this story link on the TG Daily website that talks about MS's new online marketing campaign to promote Windows Vista code named the Mojave Experiment. Interestingly, I don't know why this idea hit me but I did a header scan of the Mojave website and guess what I found:

Headers For:

Connection: close
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2008 15:53:51 GMT
Accept-Ranges: bytes
ETag: "27b85b4-bfc-62838080"
Server: Apache/2.2.3 (CentOS)
Content-Length: 3068
Content-Type: text/html, text/html; charset=iso-8859-1
Last-Modified: Wed, 30 Jul 2008 03:30:58 GMT
Client-Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2008 15:53:51 GMT
Client-Response-Num: 1
Title: The "Mojave Experiment"

X-Meta-Description: Welcome to the 'Mojave Experiment.' What do people think of Windows Vista® when they don't know it's Windows Vista? We disguised Windows Vista as codename 'Mojave,' the 'next Microsoft OS,' so regular people who've never used Windows Vista could see what it can do - and decide for themselves. Now decide for yourself.

X-Meta-Keywords: microsoft, windows, mojave, vista, San Francisco, Switch, experiment, instant search, media, center, photo, stitch, aero, flip, parental, controls, productivity, ease of use, compatible, really

Response code: 200
Response message: OK

First the website is in FLASH and not MS Silverlight, secondly its infrastructure or the website is running on PHP, Apache and CentOS!!!!!

So much for MS's claims that FOSS is unstable or insecure or blah blah. Gotchya!


Harish said...

Actually, it is a hosting company that they are using. But, it does behoove the question - why could the MS marketing people not choose one of the many hosting companies they held as hostage to run windows and use them?

Go to and check the domain.


PHex said...

Microsoft has the wealth to take the time to make sure every detail like that has been covered to avoid this same embarrassment hitting them time after time.